As the mercury rises this weekend across much of southern Manitoba, the province has issued a heat advisory.
Humidex values between 37 to 39 are expected within the Red River Valley, including in Winnipeg. The area around Melita could reach levels of 40 on Saturday. These high temperatures and humidity are forecast to remain across much of southern Manitoba into early next week.
Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer is reminding Manitobans to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.
Officials said the effects of heat can be reduced by:
- drinking plenty of liquids, preferably water, before feeling thirsty;
- limiting physical activities;
- wearing a wide-brimmed hat or using an umbrella;
- wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing;
- going to a cool place such as a mall, restaurant or movie theatre for a break from the heat if there is no air conditioning at home;
- taking a cool bath or shower; and
- limiting alcohol consumption
The province is reminding the public to check on family members, neighbours and friends when it gets hot, especially older adults and people with chronic conditions. They also advised to not leave people or pets alone in closed, parked vehicles or in direct sunlight.